Welcome to the our first Writing Sprints of the year. Hope you are all well rested, refreshed, and ready to put your creativity to good use.
I’ve been reading lots of mysteries lately. For the investigators in the stories, it’s a case of asking, “and then what happened,” over and over again to reach the truth. From the writing perspective, the start of a new story is more often a case of, “what would happen if?”
- What would happen if someone down on their luck suddenly won the lottery? (I happened to someone in real-life just recently).
- What would happen if a close-knit community suffered a devastating fire? (This is a real-life what-if, culled from the headlines.)
- What would happen if “the detective investigating a crime fell in love with the suspect?” (This happens in my current contemporary mystery).
This year, our story prompts are going to focus on “what-if” scenarios, and we’re going to see what happens from there. I’ve got lots of story ideas floating around in my head – either left there by Santa or fueled by all of the holiday treats I may or may not have consumed. Regardless of where they came from, I’m going to try to put them to good use by giving today’s story prompt a try as soon as I get home from work.
Care to join me?
For those of you working away on a story (whether a first draft or a polished version on its way to publication), if you’re not feeling random, we’d love to hear a bit – whether it’s a scene, a paragraph, or even a phrase that you are especially pleased with and would like to share.
If you don’t have a story in progress, or just want to work on something new, I hope today’s story prompt and/or random words will catch your creative fancy.
What if: A claustrophobic character got stuck in an elevator?
Feel free to include any (or all) of the following random words:
blizzard wept countryside lust
daytime bloodstain heartbeat applause
delicacy harbor alcohol awful
computer enterprising gymnastic companion
I look forward to seeing your stories in the comments. If you’re not feeling in the writing mood today, or don’t have time, feel free to post suggestions you might have for future “what-if” prompts. Ideas are always welcome.
Happy writing to all!